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Ben Uri is delighted to announce its first exhibition to bring together three major twentieth century photographers - Wolfgang Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert - presenting their artistic responses to three great world cities across three crucial decades.
Today, London, Paris and New York are so familiar that it is hard for a modern viewer to imagine them afresh without the visual expectations fostered by art, film and advertising in the digital age. Yet when each of these photographers arrived at their respective destinations, they found cities that were strange and new to them and responded by photographing them without prejudice or expectation.
The photographs reveal that all three cities were not only places of social division and political tension, but also of beauty and magic. The exhibition includes many works never previously exhibited in the UK, and each series presents an opportunity to view an aspect of the work of a renowned photographer in real depth.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue. This will include interviews with each of the artists by Prof Michael Berkowitz (Professor of Jewish Studies, University College, London); Zelda Cheatle (photography lecturer, curator and writer) and Dr Jessica Feather (Allen Fellow, Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art).
London, Paris, New York, 1930s-60s:
Photographs by Wolfgang Suschitzky, Dorothy Bohm and Neil Libbert
20 May–27 August 2016
Ben Uri Gallery & Museum | 020 7604 3991 | www.benuri.org
Ben Uri, 108A Boundary Road, off Abbey Rd, London NW8 0RH
Image: © Wolfgang Suschitzky, Charing Cross Road, London, 1936
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